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Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
producers in associations00 improving agricultural management practices and use of technology. in conclusion, despite many conflicts, challenges and eevelopment, u.s. foreign assistance is making a challenge difference with children being reunited with their families after being attacked did, traffic reviews. low-income women are accessing judicial system for the first time and we are encouragingbeing expansion of the program.ked health care workers are gaining skills necessary.s are gaining skills necessary for cure rative measures. across areas where foreign assistance is needed, we are promoting approach that addresses long-term sustainable development. members of the subcommittee, thank you for your attention and i look forward to answering your questions and providing additional information. thank you for your testimony. >> let me start off by, mr. aflak in his testimony with regards to the elections. i would ask whether or not you think that gap would be bridged and by whom? he requests that the u.s. government takes a hard look and asks if offering the assistance to truly support a fr
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 8:30am EDT
which is better than having it offshore and used offshore. i'd rather have it here in the form of dividends to shareholders or investment in the country and than never used in america. >> host: congressman greg walden is chairman of the commerce subcommittee on communication and technology. mike zapler with ""the politico"," thank you both. >> guest: thank you. >> coming up on c-span2, a portion of recent testimony by transportation secretary ray lahood on president obama's 2012 budget request. then more on transportation as we bring you live coverage of the american public transportation association's legislative conference. later, the senate returns at 2 p.m. eastern for general speeches. that'll be followed later by debate and a vote on a u.s. district court nomination as well as a procedural vote on a bill authorizing small business administration programs. >> author, poet and playright ishmael reid is on "in depth," live sunday, april 3rd. he's written over 25 books including "airing dirty laundry laundry," "another day at the front." join our three-hour conversation takin
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 9:00am EST
increase the budget and put us on all the ideas. if we for example -- there are so many assumptions, and very different figures but if we saw an economic growth that we want, if we saw as afghanistan, having 52% with defense spending be pretty you would see us get to that level. .. >> what would be the consequences of failing to increase the defense budget by in real terms some noticeable amount from 2015? >> if we wanted the rate of real terms increase will determine how quickly we can get to the benchmarks that we have set out for 2020. if it is a steep increase, we will reach that point earlier. >> what do you mean by steep? let's say 3% real terms increase pay year? >> well, that would be very nice. [laughter] >> and, of course, that -- it also depends on the decisions that we take in the early years as to where we are on the carbon as to the upswing of that. they are all dependent on, if, for example, we were to take steeper savings in the early year, it requires a sharper upswing in the late years to get to the same point. the rate -- the actual number of the real terms growth
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 9:00am EST
, that is the private sector sustainable kind of growth. now let us talk about the deficit and the issues of debt facing the economy. as all of you know what matters is what is our debt to gdp level and what matters is as the simpson-bowles commission revealed that is not what is important. conflating long and fiscal challenges with the deficit which is big this year is very dangerous because it leads you to do things that are not correct. we signed a tax deal in december in a bipartisan manner which was important. it gives payroll tax cut to encourage workers and encourage hiring. with incentives for education. all of those are important and everyone knew when they signed it, with 80 senators signing that deal, they knew it would increase the deficit in 2011. they're on the full growth path and a position to confront long run fiscal issues. and therefore we need to cut, in some sense running into this what the medium and long run programs are for the short run driven by the business. the president in the state of union outlined a budget that cuts discretionary spending down to a share of the economy no
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 8:30am EDT
at student cram.org -- student cam.org. >> joining us on newsmakers on this sunday is greg jaczko, thes chair of the nuclear regulatory commission appointed by president obama.ucle thanks for being with us. >> guest: thanks for having me. >> host: joining us with the questioning is matt wald, new york times, and steve power, both energy reporters. you for being with us. >> thank you. >> host: you're going to get a status report tomorrow on what happened in japan and lessons learned for the u.s., what do you think you're going to s learnsome. >> guest: we're going to have a meeting tomorrow with the full commission at the nrc to get an update on the current status onm the situation in japan. we'll probably have a brief discussion then about what kind of impact radiation can have for the public, and then we'll take a look at some things, kind ofei plan for a plan for how we intend to go forward to do our review and look at what, what kinds of thing we may need tod look at for the u.s. nuclear reactors. >> host: and with the fukushima plant in particular, we're told this morning that two of the
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
and opportunities that missile defense provides us. under secretary of state, ms. ellen tousher is under secretary of state for arms control and national security. it is my pleasure to introduce her to you this afternoon. she serves as a senior adviser to the president, secretary of state for arms control, nonprorifflation and disrmerment. she chaired the house arms services seb committee on strategic forces where she was a supporter of missile defense. ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome under secretary of state for arms control and international security under secretary ellen tousher. [applause] >> good afternoon. it's great to be back. general pat, thank you for inviting me. he's a great patriot and his work is a great benefit. speaking from our colleagues, pat, we appreciate your advice and very, very hard work and thank you for your patriotism and making our country safer and more secure. i have spoken at this conference for several years now. when i was in politics as a member of congress from the california's 10th congressional district, i was a member aft house arms services commi
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 4:08pm EST
an honest discussion about how are we going to reform a process that's gotten us into this fix? gotten us to the point where we're running a debt of 10% of g.d.p., where our total debt is screaming towards totally unsustainable levels. i can tell you the folks in pennsylvania know very we will that you cannot continue living beyond your moneys, as this government has done. i see this as a very constructive and important opportunity to begin to have there discussion about how we're going to get this process under croavment i appreciate the help from senator vitter and i will yield back my time to him. mr. vitter: i thank my distinguished colleague and again this amendment, as modified, simply says that if we were ever to reach the statutory debt limit for the federal government, then revenue coming in would go first to service two things -- social security checks and interest on the federal debt. so that would not put -- be put in jeopardy for months down the line. and the purpose of this amendment is to try to take, quite frankly, again, madam president, some of the scare tactics and some
CSPAN
Mar 7, 2011 8:30am EST
firmment of issues out there, and as important as these are, these issues are to us and our viewers, the american people, when you stack them up against the national debt, the national defense, the weighty issues that they're wrestling with, you know, we're not at the top of the list. and usually after an election like this we have divided government, coming up to a presidential election, pretty much anything that's going to pass on it own for its policy merits has got to happen before the august recess because the window closes. everything after that that passes either passes out of political necessity or to keep the government running. and so it'll be all politics all the time pretty much after labor day. so whether it'll happen or not remains to be seen. but when it comes to us and auctions, it -- we volunteer to help, but we're really concerned about how you talk about repackaging. as for the radio issue, we, we got really close with them. we're still at the table. we hope they come back. we think there's a community of interest, but i can't and won't abandon radio, small and la
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 12:00pm EDT
was simply that i did not believe that the president had outlined a vital u.s. american interest in our engagement in libya, that the united states cannot afford to be the police force of the wor world. this week, with the president's address to the nation, i had hoped that i would hear something to change my mind, or, better yet, something that would instill confidence about the president's decision, but unfortunately, this address provided the american people with many more questions than answers. president obama left me wondering why any vital u.s. american interest in libya would justify military action. he said refugees would stream into tunisia and egypt, but we often aid refugees without f-15's. he said we needed to preserve the writ of the united nations security council, but he did not explain why the safety of our men and women in uniform should ever be put at the service of that body. he said that we needed to show dictators across the region that they could not use violence to cling to power. but if president obama's policy fails to get rid of qaddafi, that iqaddafi,that --
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
for waste, fraud, and abuse, but you cannot use a hammer. in my district, when i talked to several hundred people who are involved with head start, these are working people. what they going to do with their kids? there are teachers who are preparing to be laid off because there is no money at the state or local level to support them. police, firefighters, the national institutes of health. i am hoping we can do it in a bipartisan way and come up with a plan that does not get to the bones of our government and our services to the people. host: we are going to be taking this weekend at the virginia festival of books on "book tv." we are going to be alive at this weekend from the organization of american historians. we will have live panel sessions on both saturday and sunday on c-span3. anbama, diana is independent. caller: i appreciate you taking my call. in reference to the foreign aid, let's bring that down to the united states grassroots. well with the perception be of me if i took my husband's income and went across the road and fixed my neighbor's roof and painted his house and advised
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
by rand health, lead to a much larger reduction in the use of medical care, and seriously compromise access to needed health care. there are a lot more thoughtful ways to harness the cost of medicaid than what the colleges are proposing. it reflects the common sense of philosophy among individuals of federal and state government. the medicaid maintenance is the state's responsibility in the near term until full health reform is reached in 2014. after that, 100% of the cost of medicaid expansion included in health reform will be born by the federal government and phased down to 90% in 2020. furthermore, the aca costs state to the federal government, and institutes delivery system reform, and finance the state efforts to establish medical homes in medicaid which will improve care for those with substantial health need. we give the states important tools to fight fraud in the medicare and medicaid. we need to think about the profound devastation some of the republicans proposals would have on working families and the state health agencies that serve them. i've been here for a long time.
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
that is will be done. but the truth of it is, most of us know that we can improve in the area of energy. and with oil prices at above $100 a barrel, the price at the pump heading towards $4 a gallon, we need to develop a coherent national energy policy to find that common ground. that need has taken on even greater urgency. so -- so what makes for good energy policy and how can we ensure that agreement is finally reached on meaningful energy legislation? i think we should have essentially five goals and those five goals are an emergency that is abundant, that is affordable, that is clean, diverse, and domestic. now, i -- i realize that these words, especially in exings with with -- in combination with one another, don't lend a clever acronym or a catchy slogan. maybe we need to rearrange them and figure out what word we can make. but if we follow these, if we follow these as our guiding principles and make sure that our legislative efforts reflect each and every one, i believe that genuine progress can be within our reach. so let's start with the concept of affordable energy because that's certainly
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
calculation using the c.b.o. baseline, real spending approved for fy 2011 to date is $34 billion lower than was provided in fy 2010. a cut of $18 billion in real security spending and $16 billion in domestic spending. with this amendment, we'll be cutting domestic spending by another $6 billion, and in normal terms but more than in inflation-adjusted dollars. democrats have been chastised for only cutting $10 billion from fy 2010. madam president, i would note that even in that comparison which fails to take into account many factor-of-life increases, we should all understand that domestic spending is being cut by more than $14 billion while security spending is slated to increase. furthermore, madam president, we are now halfway through the fiscal year. agencies have spent an average of 50% of their funds. each dollar we reduce at this time has the effect of doubling the cut made in programs for the rest of the year. our subcommittee chairmen recognize the difficulties that this level of spending will create for the programs. accordingly, many of my colleagues on the appropriations committ
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, and these are u.s. company that is have their core base here. the good news is i think if we meet the object i haves -- objectives that we've talked about, we will stimulate clean technologies, software, hardware, all of the real disruptive technologies that we are talking about. they are global, their competitors are global, they have to be global. i think if we do the right thing, we are going to do well by exports. which is real positive. >> this is a really important point. we tend to maybe think of these things in silos. but one the president's key initiatives is doubling exports over the next five years. and, of course, that involves, you know, large companies, boeing and others. when you look at the numbers, the real way we're going to do is in increasing in the small and medium-sized enterprises. turns out that 30% of the exports are from small and medium-sized enterprises. and that's disproportionally small. and there's only 250,000 small companies that export. so if you look at the math, there's almost three million small businesses $30 million smalls. xiii of them who have traded go
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 9:19am EST
reforms and the need for u.s. engagement with the e.u. but i'd like to focus my question really about the voices of democracy that are really rising across the middle east, north africa and elsewhere and the need to reevaluate our public diplomacy tools. certainly, looking beyond our traditional state to state, diplomatic efforts but about citizen to citizen diplomacy, the cost-effectiveness of that. i was especially reminded of that this past week. i had a bipartisan town hall meeting with congresswoman emerson and a student came up to me who studied in cairo the previous year, was continuing to have contact with students there in cairo and how those kind of engagements are so critical in those countries. could you talk about that. >> well, i agree with that completely, congressman. if i could double or triple our student exchanges particularly into this region right now where we have more of our students going to cairo, to tunis, to amman, to places where young people are voicing their desire for democracy and more people coming from those regions. we have tried to increase our inte
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
different grant programs for disaster preparedness. i think common sense would tell us that that kind of diew -- duplication is not efficient and is not effective use of taxpayer dollars. my amendment would review each program and submit the recommendations which must be considered by congress under procedures like we use under the budget act t could not be filibustered t would have to be voted on. congress would not be able to ignore the commission's reports. the amendment provides expedited procedures that would force congress to consider and debate the commission's work. congress would have two years to consider and pass the commission's recommendations or to reauthorize the program before it would be abollished by operation of law. in other words, the program is abollished if congress fails to reauthorize it twa years after the commission completes its review and analysis of the program. this commission would help force congress to do the necessary oversight to make sure that every taxpayer dollar is wisely spent. while we all do our best to ensthiewr proper oversight is given to
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
their unaffordable traditional plans often because public employee unions use taxpayer-funded union days to elect state and local politicians and ask the same politicians they just elected for costly pension deals. when a union bargains with a private employer, employer and employees has an interest in the business continuing as a viable enterprise. if the benefits are costly and under controllable, the business goes under and everyone is out of a job. but where are -- where the interests are in a negotiation between a public employee union and the person they just helped to elect to office, where are those interests? union bosses are sitting across the table from the governor of the state. the governor they helped to elect with millions in campaign contributions and they ask them for a costly guaranteed lifetime retirement package often with little or no cost sharing by the public employee. what is a politician going to say? sorry, but i can't help you? i doubt. it i want to read you something from the "wall street journal" on october 22, 2010, prior to the last elections the journal carried a s
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
to be solving this problem by drilling more in the u.s. and, of course, in essence what people are talking about is they want to drill more in the gulf of mexico. of course there's plenty of opportunity to drill in the gulf of mexico. there are 30 million acres that are already under lease that have not been drilled. there are 7 million acres that are being drilled under lease. but there's an additional 30 million acres in the gulf of mexico under lease. and so there's plenty of opportunity. so there's a lot more opportunity for domestic drilling. but what i want to talk about today is it's this simplified message that if we just drill more domestically -- which we clearly have the capacity to -- that that's going to solve the problem. and that's not the problem, and that's not the reason for why the gas prices are going up like they are. now, i'll grant you that whenever there is an oil-producing region of the world where there is a disruption, then that does have some effect on the price of oil. but what we have seen is an extraordinary spike in just the last couple of months in the price of o
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm EDT
through all of the different things that -- and the most important is how important air travel is to us, but how alaskans have been harmed. we are four times -- we travel four times what the rest of the united states does. all the other members of the citizens that travel, and i think i'm supposed to be ending here. i hope you'll read the rest of my comments and any other questions, please ask. >> thank you, and thank you for that testimony. we'll bet the balance of your testimony into the record. i'd also like to ask unanimous consent that the resolution from the state of alaska be entered into the record. without objection, so ordered. i'd like to recognize myself for five minutes, and then each member. one of the hallmarks of the united states of america is the commitment to the fourth commitment, unreasonable search and seasuire. how do we find that balance and what was your personal experience and there's many who argue if you choose to go on an airplane, then you choose to give up those rights. can you sure with us your perspective? >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. mr. chair,
CSPAN
Mar 4, 2011 12:00pm EST
is used to get the well to start produci gas. it's been around for a long time. there's been great advancements to help expand drilling how to handle the water that ces up. that water comes up from the well. what we looked at closely are levels of radio activity in waste water, what is going on to keep the public safe from it. 13 states using this technique. hydrofracking. 13 states are using this method. there are federal regulations administered by the epa and state regulations. can the epa overrule any other regulations when it comes to this? it varies. most of the regulation of drilling is done at a state we follow it through the shoage treatment plants and we found further downstream that some of that discussion took place earlier this week on e floor of the house. dealing with the issue you spelled out, which is the eation of jobs. here's the jobs debate. natural gas usage i a very important transition strategy as we look at our energy needs going into the future. whether transportation fuel, electricity generation. those taxes proposed by the administration will put a lot of
CSPAN
Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
tells us that the sec is unable to reliably track its finances because it cannot control its own financial reporting. two, the sec's inspector general tells us that 30 employees, including an assistant regional directer, viewed sexually-exlis sit materials at work, and only one was actually fired. was anyone else ever disciplined? three, now the news media tells us that the sec's general counsel was allow today advise the commissioners on the madoff case when he had a personal financial interest. all of these matters represent a breakdown in oversight and management, a failure of internal controls. the sad irony is that the sec is the federal agency in charge of making sure publicly-traded companies have effective internal controls and public governance structures. in fact, mr. chairman, if these events happened at a publicly-traded company, the sec would be investigatorring itself, and -- investigating itself, and what would be the penalties? the federal agencies are subject to the financial integrity act which dictates that they provide annual assurances to congress that their
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 9:00am EDT
and use health care, other people who have health insurance pay for that. now currently both people and the private sector pay for that as well as people pay for that through their taxpayer dollars when their hospitals are reimbursed from the federal government. but that system is cost efficient. right now, if you choose not to get, you make purchases in other markets it doesn't really affect me ultimately. i mean, you know, it doesn't directly affect me. i don't end up paying for your health care. or for your purchase, your purchasing decision. what differentiates health care of other arenas is the fact that the federal government has chosen to regulate it in such a model, and the in these instances we have establish a right as health care actually, and that does create a different kind of role, that differentiates it from other arenas. >> and obviously while this is significant is because of course as a constitution sets up his unique structure of government where congress has only limited powers, and the rest is reserved for the states. one of those powers that congress has is th
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
, but innovation in an information age. the meal ticket for all of us is going to be the invention and creation of new products and services. so that's the great time and age that we live in. but if in this legislation we all of a sudden upset that apple cart where we are tilting the playing field in support of large corporations who were already -- who already made their market and made their markets and made their success and slowed down on the rate of innovation in their companies and do a lot to acquire technology from smaller inventors, but now all of a sudden in this underlying bill, particularly in the area of damages, make sure that the big corporations can win and any kind of legal -- in any kind of legal dispute against the technology holder or reators -- creator because they're able to out last them in a legal battle because they're more well financed, more well heeled and because of that change in the underlying bill, leave the small guy without many resources. the only thing that the small inventor has is their intellectual property and a fair day in court. and if now we take that
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Mar 23, 2011 9:00am EDT
in the last three months. to help us continue the government announced its plan today to make out export promotion more entrepreneurial to great new export credits to help smaller businesses, launch britain's first technology and innovation to hide manufacturing, and fund a further nine new university centers in manufacturing. science is one area where britain already has an advantage over many other countries and it is essential to our future as a place to create business. that's one reason what i protected the science budget from cuts last year. i can tell the house that i have been able to find again from this years extra bank levy an additional 100 million pounds to invest in new scientist facilities, in cambridge, the knowledge research environmental and life sciences, the international space innovation center, and the national science and innovation campus. but if britain is willing to become a home of innovation, then we want research and development to take place not just in our great universities but in a small list -- our smaller businesses also. i've listened to him and gone e
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
fought for women. she fought for our status and she gave us a new stature. when the campaign was over, she continued for all of her life to be a source of inspiration and empowerment for women. in those early days of the second wave of the american women's movement, the movement defined we women on what we did not have, what we did not have access to, what was it we didn't have? equal pay for equal work. it's hard to believe that we were not included in the research protocols at n.i.h. and when it came to having access to credit, we could not get a loan or a mortgage in our own name in many circumstances. weengdzed a husband, a father, or a brother to sign for it. but when geri was chosen for vice president, she showed us what we could be what modern women in america had become. women felt if we could go for the white house, we could go for anything. geri inspired. and on the night of july 19, 1984, in san francisco, in the musconi center, geri gave her acceptance speech. she became the first woman to be nominated for vice president for a major party. what a night. i was there. the th
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
're going to have to look to the folks who are lending us all this money, including the chinese, for consent in terms of how we map our future. is that the future we want to hand to our kids? certainly not the future i want to hand to my kids. that's what it's all about. and, again, it's not far off in the distance. this is an immediate challenge. this could lead to an immediate economic crisis unless we get ourselves on the path to a balanced budget quickly. again, step one is cuts this year, a budget that is going back to 2008 levels, prestimulus, pre-obama budgets this year. that's step one. but step two is some sort of important structural reform like a balanced budget constitutional amendment that puts a straitjacket on congress, that demands that we get there in a reasonable period of time. madam president, the huge majority of states operate under exactly this type of constitutional amendment. the huge amount of municipalities, towns, cities, other jurisdictions operate under this sort of constraint, and it's hard sometimes. it demands tough choices. in times like these, in a recessio
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
officer: without objection. mr. leahy: so we have bipartisan legislation before us to help everyone from start-ups to small businesses to our largest cutting-edge companies. it is going to create jobs, it is going to mean improved products, and before my voice gives out, i say now is the time to create jobs at home. now is the time for congress to act on patent reform. we can actually accomplish something here and not add a cent to the deficit. mr. president, i ask consent that my full statement be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia. mr. warner: mr. president, i ask that the proceedings under the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. warner: mr. president, i rise today to add my voice to the debate that has been going on in this chamber about spending proposals and how we get through the balance of this current fiscal year and
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Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to the subject matter before us. so, i'd like to suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the call of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the committee-reported amendments be agreed to en bloc, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table en bloc. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: the amended version of $1 493 be considered original text for the purpose of amendment. senator nelson of nebraska be recognized to offer an amendment to s. 493, following the reporting of the nelson amendment, the amendment be set aside and the republican leader be recognized to offer a first-degree amendment to the bill. following the reporting of the mcconnell amendment, the republican leader be recognized up to five minutes for debate only. following the republican leader's remarks, the senate resume consideration of the nelson from nebraska amendment. senator nelson be recognized up to ten minutes for debat
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
, very greatful to the judiciary committee for having us -- giving us the opportunity to vote for anthony battaglia, who's going to make a great judge for the u.s. district court for the southern district of california. thank you very much, and i yield the floor. mr. grassley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: today we continue our efforts to lessen the burden of our overworked courts. we are, before the evening's out, going to confirm three more judicial nominees. two of the three nominees will -- we will vote on are for seats designated as judicial emergencies. with our actions today, it is only -- and we're only 22 days that the senate's been in session this year, the senate has confirmed 10 nominees. with these votes tonight, we will have confirmed 19% of president obama's judicial nominees submitted in this congress. this pace far exceeds the progress made at this point in the 108th congress, which was the beginning of the third year of president bush's presidency. at this point, the 108th congress had confirmed only four of 48 nominations sen
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Mar 16, 2011 9:00am EDT
believe in listening to what the australians -- >> the members have been used. >> using the opportunities that this parliament has given us to make a change for the future of this country. a change that will be better for prosperity. better for jobs. better for a clean energy future, and it's a change that's delivered fairly. or whether you decide if your politics is about destruction and you want australia to miss the change in the global economy to a clean energy future. no new jobs, studies what the leader of the opposition is advocating. well, can i say to the leader of the opposition, now is the time for him to put aside the brutal politics he has played with climate what i think, in believing that climate change is real one moment. climate change is not real the next. carbon should be priced one moment, carbon should be priced the next. now, is the time for the leader of the opposition to actually try and do something right for this country. now is the time for the leader of the opposition to put away his slogans, put away his spin, put away his propensity for political destruction
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
-- encompassing debate on a variety of different issues, and, of course, the underwriting bill before us is the reauthorization of the sbir and sttr program that has been operating on very short-term, very ineffectual authorizations that really don't allow this program to have the benefit for taxpayers that they deserve. and so we've struggled now for six years, three congresses, it's time to get this done. and so while we have many, many, many amendments that have been filed, it's -- i'm happy to report that there are probably just a few more members that want to actually come speak on their amendments. some of them have said we'll take up our amendments on a later day. many of the members that have filed five and six amendments have said i'm going to go with one. senator landrieu and senator snowe. we're very grateful to everyone's cooperation. so hopefully we can vote on the casey amendment tonight and then have a queue of other amendments potentially in this order or some revision of this order but all those pending will be, of course, provided an opportunity for a vote. we do have
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Mar 18, 2011 9:00am EDT
was less than half the time as any of the rest of us. continue to be a principal director. professor at the best professor petraeus then spent time teaching at west point and most of us know the story from that point on wherein the following two decades i will remind you that depending how you count europe he is in his seventh deployment including deployment in haiti, bosnia, 3 deployment in iraq and now his command position in afghanistan. on top of that let me mention a couple awards he has won. many are familiar to you. the distinguished service medal, bronze star and when you may not have heard of. the gold award of the iraqi order of a calm. we have seen a number of accomplishments in this young man's career. and 2007 he was runner-up for time person of the year. still not convinced anyone had a better 2007 than general petraeus and we're very grateful for the accomplishment in iraq and what he is doing now. a want to conclude this introduction in a way that is a pro. to thank his family, his wife and children and all the military families around the country but please join me i
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Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, dramatically reduce the willingness of people to use this. we ought -- we insist it can't happen, but unless we get a set of institutions, anything can. thank you. [applause] .. >> whether you are southern or western, suburban, or exurban, how can we ensure that all consumers regardless of where they are, who are they, will have access to some of the great technologies that you've stated we'll see in the future, but i want to ensure that they are wildly available, not just available, but affordable. >> one aspect of that, mark was talking about the 1/3 of the population don't have broadband today. the truth is only about 5 or 6% of the people can't really get broadband. it's just not available to the 5 or 6%. the other people haven't adopted it. part of it why they are not adopting it. part of it is can we get it to everybody else. on the lge which is next generation wireless. we are going to deploy it and 100 people could get it and by the end of 2014, it should be available to the entire population. there are areas we know we can't deploy to. in those areas we have a program called the lte ru
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Mar 3, 2011 9:00am EST
interpretation or application of domestic u.s. law? >> the answer is none. foreign law has no authority in our system unless american law requires that in the case of the contadora treaty of some sort. to clarify that issue there is one paragraph of writing in my record that acknowledges solutions for legal problems might come from other places in the world when there are common problems constitutional democracies face. with other ideas on matters that are before them they looked to examples from other nations but there is a crucial distinction between that kind of information gathering to the extent that it is informative and the use of those sources as authority. no one would cite this article as legal authority that controls the proposition of law. the same exact rule applies to any foreign president or for or in what. -- foreign law. >> at the recommendation of the chairman of would like to invite you to my office to have a sit down at your convenience before the committee. i promise the chairman that i would do that when your nomination was discussed. earlier today you said there are area
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Mar 23, 2011 12:00pm EDT
took up arms against our government, that they wouldn't shoot us down and you better believe they would shoot us down. the trouble here is we want to control the middle east. we're taking country after country over now. we've got bases in kuwait, we've got bases in saudi arabia, we've got bases in iraq. we've got them in afghanistan. and we've got them in pakistan, which people don't know, and we've got one in israel that people don't know. so until the american people wake up and see that we are a military complex. we want to take over the middle east, for one thing, oil. and that's the only reason. and if you think we went against that government. >> host: johnny mentioned being shot down. here's "usa today." do you know the specifics today. how it was. once it's shot down, what's happened here. >> guest: when i read in the paper which is all i know about this there was some sort of mechanical problem and it was not shot down. >> host: this is an email from a viewer on what you read in the paper. this person wants to know what has colonel gadhafi's social policy been? did he provide t
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Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
extra demand. where all of that view and it's quite misleading the party opposite suggest some of us don't appreciate that is well for our constituents. but it has to be affordable. it has to be within the power of the free enterprise economy to pay for out of reasonable taxation in a way which doesn't damage our growth, which is why it's so important. now, what is so crucial as the government has managed to find an extra 70 billion of cash spending for the fifth year of the plan compared with the start year, it is crucial that we keep public sector costs down so that the maximum amount of that money can go to improving service quality and in some cases improving the amount of service and the minimum amount of it goes in extra costs and extra inefficiencies. and now all parties will say in office that they wish to have more efficiently run public services that they not only have to will the end but they have to will the means. that is why the reforms that this government is embarking on are so important. crucial that the government should listen. crucial that sensible criticisms are take
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Mar 30, 2011 9:00am EDT
. an example that strikes us is this march, the pakistanian minister was assassinated at the hands of extremists. he advocated for intolerance and religious freedom for all religious minorities in pakistan. for this courageous witness he was brutally murdered. we appreciate the of sympathy and condemnation that have come from our religious partners, our dialog partners in the muslim community. especially the islamic society of north america, the islamic circle of north america. they have stood with us as trusted allies in speaking out against violence and in defense of religious freedom. solidarity among people of every religion in the face of its attacks of people of any one religion is respect for religious freedom and action. in concluding, as a religious community our catholic faith commits us to defend and promote the rights of religious freedom for all as a moral priority and a human responsibility. this common commitment to religious freedom is at the heart of american life. it is also an example of a world where too many doubt people of religious -- of different religions c
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
of nasa. and i would like for us to get back on a path of really investing in human spaceflight as quickly as we can. i think, as you said, reasonable people can disagree over these matters but i'm here today to petition you, and to move back in the direction of allocating more towards human spaceflight. we can talk about the proper allocation between commercial and actual nasa flights, but i still think we need to move in the other direction. you mentioned also in response to a question offer today, that were the savings of commercial space flight versus nasa human spaceflight, i believe. and your response was i believe was i don't know. and it seems to me that that's the things that we're going to have to deal with you on the would you please just expand on the answer a bit? >> i'm glad you asked because it gives me and it chance to elaborate. when we talk about connecting all the aspects of nasa, the nasa portfolio, we cannot separate human spaceflight from science. our science missions may in a few to utilize the launch vehicle that we used to launch astronauts into space. today, my sc
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Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
who is behind, engage the kid who is ahead? there is all these things that -- >> the u.s. senate is returning from recess this afternoon debating two competing proposals to fund the government. voting is scheduled for 3 p.m. eastern. live coverage of the u.s. senate live here on c-span2. introduced on friday cuts $52 billion from the discretionary spending request submitted by the president for fy 2011. if this amendment were agreed to, as written, it would mean that we would appropriate $51 billion less than the president felt was necessary for the government to carry out its duties. mr. president, i do not agree with every item in this president or any president request on this budget, but i also know that the president's budget request did not contain $51 billion in frivolous or wasteful spending. the cuts are necessary to reach the $51 billion level require difficult choices. this amendment makes real cuts to real programs. tens of thousands of americans will feel the direct impact of the proposed cuts. but the cuts included in this amendment are based on hearings, testimony,
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Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
in our deficit and debt and putting us back on a path to fiscal solvency. i appreciate the hard work of my colleagues in the house and the efforts required a lot of compromise and tough decisions. and i supported the passage of h.r. 1, but i do have serious concerns with the defense-related spending of this bill. the defense-related spending on h.r. 1 is not sufficient for us to carry out our responsibilities to the men and women who are serving in the military and fulfill our national security requirements. therefore, if we are going to embark on another two-week continuing resolution, as it appears that reports indicate may be the case, then i will be compelled to oppose an amendment which will then fund our nation's national security requirements for the remainder of the year. that number, as i have determined it, is approximately $535 billion normal defense appropriations and $159 billion for war funding, known as overseas contingency operations. now, mr. president, the secretary of defense, who i have disagreed with from time to time, which i think is natural and inappropriate,
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Mar 10, 2011 9:00am EST
out all other options for coalition including what those of us on the left, you undermined your own stated aspiration for a labour government and limited the choice being presented to the public. [speaking in native tongue] let me make it clear that sinn fein will present a robust and constructive opposition to the government, and we will hold it to account for the decisions it takes. [speaking in native tongue] >> deputy? >> first of all, i'd like to congratulate you on your own election to the high office which you've achieved. and i think it's a particularly great achievement considering you retired from this house eight years ago and and that you will be automatically reelected at the next election. [laughter] but i say that with great sincerity, and i know you'll be -- [laughter] a very fine -- i would like to rise to, first of all, enact the first split in the technical group which -- [laughter] which formed itself yesterday. [laughter] i agree with many of the directions of deputy higgins, but one of the great virtues of this group is there is diversity and difference of opin
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
for us to keep up our pressure under u.n. security counsel 1973. i can confirm to the house the coalition took action yesterday against supreme forces and yesterday overnight through 24 soldiers and tornado aircraft destroyed or tillly. you asked the question about arming the rebels. i said before in the house we must do everything to comply with both the security counsel resolutions, and as i told the house, the legal position is clear the arms embargo applies to the whole territory of libya, but at the same time, 1973 allows all military measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas. our view is this would not necessarily root out those protecting l civilians in certain circumstances. as i told the house before, we do not root it out, but have not taken the decision to do so. >> i thank the prime minister for that reply and get further in the statement at 12:30. i thank you for your kind wishes and all members of the house for my forthcoming wedding which i'm looking forward to. i may be coming to you in the coming days because you know how to organize memorable stag nights
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Mar 18, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, and i think a certain amount of confusion about what the potential danger is to the u.s. from the nuclear plant problems in japan, and particularly as the media's been following the last few days and a sense that the possibility of a meltdown at the plant, the explosion, and emission of a large amount of radioactivity and people are concerned about the west coast of the u.s., particularly hawaii, guam, and other islands may be subject to some danger, and i wonder if you have a current sense of what that possibility is? >> i'll refer back to the statement made by the chairman of nuclear regulatory commission in looking at all the scenarios, they do not see radiation reaching the u.s. that it would be of a danger or require protective angsts, but anticipation of this, fema support with the department of energy have a system called rad net. it's been there and 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitors various channels, air, water, other types of things across the country, and so if we were to detect anything, we may detect things well below any levels that require action. we did
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Mar 31, 2011 9:00am EDT
behavior of those figures demonstrated that a fair number of those people who had used methods of avoiding paying what they should be paying on that income? >> first of all, i agree with you that they should pay what they're asked to pay in taxes. and we haven't discussed it today but there's about a billion pounds am going for a very well-paid people who use what was called disguise enumerations where they get alone, the loan is for the rest of their life. it gets written off when they die. we are stopping that. when it comes to the calculation about the 50p, we are operating on the obr is operate as i understand it, they're operating off the costings done for the previous government. obviously, i'm not privy to th that. i will start have a discussion afterwards and i don't know if we can provide a note about not costing was arrived at. but it wasn't my cost. >> it would be simply, chancellor, do not agree it would be rather than seeing the january review for a change of policy, rather than your 50p that you don't want for reasons that you can argue, if it was not commensurate with the nu
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
of those of us who want to avoid it, it's possible it could happen again. if it were to happen again, we want to make sure that we have no default on our debt, that interest is paid, and that social security checks go to their recipients as they should. there will be plenty of resources from ongoing tax revenue to make sure that that happens, and anything less would be very irresponsible, so i would urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this amendment. the presiding officer: all time is expired. mr. leahy: i ask for the yeas and nays on the leahy-grassley leahy-grassley-kyl et al. managers' amendment. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there is a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: the presiding officer: any senators wishing to vote or change their vote? on this, the ayes are 97, the nays are 2. the amendment is agreed to. a senator: move to reconsider. mrs. boxer: lay it on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. the senate is not in order. please take you
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Mar 24, 2011 7:32pm EDT
this country shows us our future and i think that is quite deliberate on the part of those people who are trying to sort out what kinds of policy and procedures they want to advocate. the question of the youth and mrs. clinton. i actually didn't put much import in that. i think it is clear that mrs. clinton's visit was not particularly well organized and so figuring out beforehand who would be willing and able to meet with her and that is why i think it didn't happen. and so some of that, you know they left themselves open to apparently being disrespected if you well. but i don't know that there is anything deeper to read into that at this juncture in any event. on the issue of the turnout for the constitutional referendum, the mid-40s may not sound like a lot to you but the turnout for the parliamentary elections in the fall was 5%. the mid-40s is pretty high. and in fact it was viewed as very high. people were very very happy. there were all these people who said i hadn't voted in 40 years, have never voted before and so forth and so on. so it may not have been 100%. but in many of
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Mar 29, 2011 9:00am EDT
there was no ballot, they threatened to sue us was generally the reaction. starting with the questions. >> thank you. so i'm mike. i'm actually here from the other iowa, and i just want to draw some similarities here and get your comments. i believe that the great advantage that iowa brings to the process and that new hampshire brings to the process is we're small. instead of mummy, it's liquor. they've got to make an impact on the people to gain our votes. .. that set a record for caucus attendance and i would say that all 118,000 of those people attended an event probably shook the candidate's hand and then they supported so it is about as retail politics as you can get and when you make it about retail politics it is not about how much money you can raise and those sort of things and that is the one beauty, and why iowa and new hampshire -- but allow me. i am not from iowa. don't hold against me. can you not shake hands with the people of florida? [inaudible] >> can i shake the hand of the people in rhode island? of the conversation is about size how about we go to rhode island or connecticut? my
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
the u.s. would support? >> i would say we are looking at all options, andy. we want to isolate baghdad. >> has the u.s. consulted with echo on this idea? >> i don't know on that idea. we continue in closed consultation on a variety of options. >> they are feeling the pressure from the national community? >> i don't think i said that. we are trying to increase pressure on him so he feeled isolated. we feel his threat to nationalize the cocoa industry in an effort to gain funds clearly show that the sanctions that we've leveled against him are having an affect. yeah, go ahead. >> the u.n. security council resolution is concerned -- >> we shifted to libya? everybody is -- >> are you done? >> thank you, matt. for keeping me on target here. i do want to shoot briefly, then i'll go to your question. i apologize. just two other things. the united states congratulated the human rights council in geneva on the special repertoire on iran, and this represents a significant step forward for the people of iran and the council. the people of iran despite every attempt by the iranian government to si
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
? i guarantee you that the u.s. department of education will issue regulations, as it has under title 9, so the schools have guidance as to how to protect these kids. the goal isn't for any school to be sued for failing to protect kids from bullying and harassment. the goal isn't for any school to come under department of education scrutiny. the goal is for schools to do all they can to ensure that these incidents never happen in the first place. parents in minnesota and across the country entrust their children to public schools with the understanding that these schools will do everything in their power to keep our children -- keep their children safe. when nine in ten lgbt kids are bullied at school, when they are three times more likely than straight kids to feel unsafe at school, when one-third of lgbt kids say they have skipped a day of school in the last month because they are feeling unsafe, then we know that our public education system is not fulfilling its most basic obligations to parents to keep children safe. and we have an obligation to do something about it. yesterday, j
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Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm EDT
. chinese currency manipulation is costing us jobs and undermining our businesses, and it must be stopped. and we need stronger enforcement of laws to prevent foreign export subsidies and intellectual property theft. third, to invent more. the renewable energy tax credits and other incentives which encourage businesses to create and produce green-energy solutions should be made permanent. the r&d tax credit which creates incentives to invest in research should be extended indefinitely and expanded. the people of connecticut want bipartisan efforts to achieve job creation and economic growth. they want partnerships among business, labor, and education. and they want bipartisan efforts to help our veterans so that after those veterans serve our country, they return to a paycheck instead of an unemployment line. and that is why in coming weeks i will introduce to help secure job opportunities for our veterans and provide training, health care, higher education and more. as i travel across the state of connecticut, i listen to people like the squatreetos, their business in south windsor, an i
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